Hon. Joseph E. Irenas See Rating Details
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Average Rating:7.1 - 14 rating(s)
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*Temperament:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Scholarship:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Industriousness:   (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
*Ability to Handle Complex Litigation:    (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Punctuality:    (1=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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What others have said about Hon. Joseph E. Irenas


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 23074
Rating:Not Rated
I wrote the very positive comments on Judge Irenas below (Comment 12957). I've read the negative things that were written afterwards, especially concerning his alleged bias against plaintiffs and class actions. The case we tried in his court was a class action. We represented the plaintiffs. At first he was negative about our case, but as he heard the evidence come in, he changed his mind and by the end of the trial he clearly believed in our case. But, throughout the whole time, both when he thought our case lacked merit (he originally dismissed it) and once he was persuaded otherwise, he treated both sides fairly and really strived to understand the arcane legal issues in the case. I've tried about 65 cases to verdict or judgment, including other large class actions. I'd put Judge Irenas right at the top, and I want to remember him for the great work he did, today, on the day of his death.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22955
Judge Irenas is even tempered, which is a good thing. You don't want to have a class action with him, and you don't want to be representing a plaintiff, as he is jealous of the big fees that lawyers get, so he tries to prevent this by dismissing all class actions and claims where the plaintiff's lawyers would get a big windfall.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22949
Smart guy. Definitely biased against plaintiffs attorneys. Has his mind made up before you get into the court room.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 21010
I had a good experience with Judge Irenas. He is sharp, not afraid to speak his mind, and seems to have a knack for getting rid of unnecessary litigation.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 13512
Absolutely does not know anything regarding Special Education Code/Law to even apply it. Emotional, hostile, arrogant, biased.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 12957
I am an out-of-state lawyer who tried a lengthy, complicated jury trial in his court. He is a very active judge at trial, and does not hesitate to ask probing questions of any witness. His cross-examination of some of the witnesses was in many cases better than mine or opposing counsel's. He is smart and studies the law carefully. He treats the jury wonderfully and they love him for it. He keeps an unusual trial schedule, Monday thru Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with no breaks for lunch. I loved the trial schedule, as it made it possible to prepare each day without having to reach exhaustion. He will talk a lot with break during motion argument, but does not mind if you interrupt him if you have something to say, as he appears to love the back and forth. He has a strong "tell" during arguments, motions, and objections: Whenever he talks, he looks at the lawyer who is going to win the argument.


Comment #: 10626
I worked with Joseph Irenas he was the head of the department I worked in at McCarter & English in Newark NJ. He was an excellent attorney who was revered and feared by his underlings.

I am sure he has carried his standards along with him to the bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 10024
I have found appearing before him is a challenge of the best kind. He is legitimately the brightest guy in the room.If an attorney offers something, especially in argument, he will not hesitate to verbally probe (or challenge) the limits of the logic proffered.And all should realize this: no matter how outwardly gruff he occasionally seems to be, the bottom line is that he is (in my experience) consistently fair, favoring (with rulings and sentences) neither Government nor defense.

Court Staff

Comment #: 9840
Judge Irenas is an extraordinarily fair judge, who always displays an extremely efficient knowledge of any case he handles.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8798
Brilliant judge, well versed in knowledge of the law...make sure to laugh at his jokes!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7629
His ego gets in the way of what could be a good judge. The end result is something way short of a good judge. Avoid him if you can. If you can't, be sure to approach with great care.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7628
Rude, arrogant, and clearly biased. Not a good judge.